DreamWorks Dragons: The Series (Rated TV-PG for moderate violence) is a television series based on the animated film and its sequel. It began airing on Cartoon Network on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, releasing a new episode every Wednesday. Producer Tim Johnson declared that the series would be "dark" and "deep". The show reveals new dragon species, including the dragons from the Book of Dragons special. The series' musical score is written by John Paesano. Season 1 of the series is called Dragons: Riders of Berk, and Season 2 is called Dragons: Defenders of Berk. Both aired on Cartoon Network. Later seasons were released on Netflix under the name Dragons: Race to the Edge, beginning on June 26, 2015. Race to the Edge so far consists of four seasons with thirteen episodes each. While it still takes place before How to Train Your Dragon 2, it features the characters in their designs in Dawn of the Dragon Racers.
On August 7, 2012, an hour-long sneak peek was premiered containing 2 episodes ("How to Start a Dragon Academy" and "Viking for Hire") that was never aired in the actual series. These episodes were indeed extras and did however contain information on how the Dragon Academy was started. The original air date for the series started with the episode "Animal House" followed by "The Terrible Twos" the next week. See this article for an episode guide.
Main Article: List of DreamWorks Dragons episodes
After Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III discovered dragons could be trained, the Isle of Berk appeared to be safe, until its residents realized how many dragons there actually are! Now the battle against enemies as they explore worlds they never dreamed existed.Also, the relationships between Hiccup and Astrid, and Toothless, and Stoick will be further expanded upon.
Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid and all your favorite characters are back in all new adventures! The Vikings of Berk have learned to train dragons, now they must learn to live with them.
Hiccup and his fellow dragon riders must put up their dragon training skills to the test as they unite against old foes and new enemies, including a fearsome new dragon that could threaten Berk's very existence.
The Dragon Riders discover the mysterious Dragon Eye, which is filled with ancient secrets that lead them to new lands filled with undiscovered dragons. But the heroes find themselves pursued by marauding Dragon Hunters who will stop at nothing to seize the power.
Based on DreamWorks Animation’s hit How to Train Your Dragon films, the episodes bridge the gap between the first feature film and the sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, which hit theaters in the summer of 2014. Weaving a continuous storyline, the television series works in tandem with the feature films and DVD specials, allowing fans to delve deeper into dragon lore. From the origin of Hiccup’s new flight suit and the secrets of his dragon blade to the young Viking’s budding romance with Astrid, DreamWorks Dragons on Netflix gives viewers rich details of the larger narrative with the introduction of new dragons, exotic places and worlds unknown.
Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera who voice the two young Viking heroes in the feature film return to the television series to voice Hiccup and Astrid, and are joined by Christopher Mintz-Plasse and TJ Miller who will reprise their roles as Fishlegs and Tuffnut in the series.
“The How to Train Your Dragon franchise has been incredible to work with,” said Art Brown and Douglas Sloan, show runners on DreamWorks Dragons. "There is so much rich material available to us in the TV world that we can really dig in and create a different yet complementary experience to the feature films."
Race to the Edge will consist of 6 seasons with 13 episodes each, adding for a total of 78 new episodes and they will place between Defenders of Berk and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Wondercon Anaheim featured a panel hosting an exclusive sneak peek of the 3rd season on April 5th 2015, along with other DreamWorks shows featured on Netflix.
New Characters and Dragons
- Mildew (and Fungus)
- Mrs. Larson
- Alvin the Treacherous
- Silent Sven
- Trader Johann
- Heather's (adoptive) parents
- Dagur the Deranged
- Gustav Larson
- Viggo Grimborn
- Tuffnut's Chicken
- Tuffnut Junior, Junior Tuffnut and Junior Tuffnut Junior
- Girl Hookfang
- Hookfire, Fangmaster and Hookblazefang
- Titan Wing Monstrous Nightmare
- Smothering Smokebreath
- Screaming Death
- Speed Stinger
- Snow Wraith
- Night Terror
- Catastrophic Quaken
- Armor Wing
- Cavern Crasher
- Triple Stryke
- Shadow Wing
- Small Shadow
- Fire Terror
- Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
- America Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson
- Nolan North as Stoick the Vast
- Chris Edgerly as Gobber the Belch
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman
- Julie Marcus as Ruffnut Thorston (season 1)
- Andree Vermeulen as Ruffnut Thorston (seasons 2 & 3)
- T.J. Miller as Tuffnut Thorston
- Zack Pearlman as Snotlout Jorgenson
- Thomas F. Wilson as Bucket
- Tim Conway as Mulch (seasons 1 & 2)
- Tom Kenny as Silent Sven/Mulch (season 3)
- Brook Chalmers as Sven/Captain Vorg/Fearless Finn Hofferson/Magnus/several extras
- Mark Hamill as Alvin the Treacherous, leader of the Outcasts
- Paul Rugg as Savage, Alvin's second-in-command, later Dagur's
- Stephen Root as Mildew
- David Faustino as Dagur the Deranged, leader of the Berserkers
- Michael Goldstorm as Trader Johann
- Mae Whitman as Heather, a friend of the Dragon Riders, as well as Dagur's long lost sister
- David Tennant as Spitelout Jorgenson
- Alfred Molina as Viggo Grimborn
- James Arnold Taylor as Throk
- Adelaide Kane as Mala
- JB Blanc as Ryker
- In the episode "How to Pick Your Dragon", Stoick receives his own dragon: a Thunderdrum named Thornado. He was released in "Bing! Bam! Boom!".
- Alvin the Treacherous from the books makes his appearances.
- Anna Maria Perez de Taglé said she was working on a character early in Riders of Berk.  However, she never appeared.
- A new dragon named Torch, a baby Typhoomerang, is introduced in Episode 4-"The Terrible Twos" whose name is a cross between typhoon and boomerang. He returned in Zippleback Down.
- Ruffnut and Tuffnut's dragon is confirmed with the name Barf and Belch.
- An exclusive one hour sneak peek was aired on August 7th, 2012.
- Alvin the Treacherous is introduced with a 2 part episode. These are episodes 5 & 6.
- In the movie and the shorts, Hiccup wears a rider's vest when he's flying on Toothless but he so far has not worn it once in the series. This is likely to avoid having to make a separate graphic of him wearing it and hooking his safety lines to Toothless' saddle every time he flies, and to simplify the storylines of the series (such as the many times he mounts and dismounts Toothless). In the second movie, it shows him unhooking his lines.
- In Book of Dragons, the dragon riders seem to be very knowledgeable of all dragons, but in the series, they seem to have no clue on new dragons. Example: they seem to know all the facts on the Whispering Death and know how to train it by brushing its teeth, but in Riders of Berk, when Toothless' rival appears, they have no clue how to train it. And when they see the Changewings, they have to look at the Book of Dragons to identify it and learn about it, even though in the animated short they knew exactly what it does. This is probably because the first two seasons take place before Book of Dragons.
- From the end of the Movie and in the Shorts, we see that most of the people on Berk have a dragon. In the first two seasons however, it is frequently mentioned or showed that the only people on Berk who have and ride dragons are the teens. This is probably due to the budget constraint of the show.
- Alfred Molina, who voices Viggo, also starred with Jay Baruchel in The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Coincidentally, the film premiered the same year as How to Train Your Dragon, and Molina also played the villain.
- As of October 1, 2016, Seasons 1 and 2 of Race to the Edge are available to purchase on Itunes in HD for $14.99 each.
- As of October 1, 2016, Seasons 1 and 2 of Race to the Edge are also available on Amazon in HD for $14.99 each.
- ↑ http://www.allnewswire.com/how-to-train-your-dragon-coming-to-cartoon-network/
- ↑ http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2011/01/18/how-to-train-your-dragon-producer-offers-sequel-tv-series-hints/
- ↑ http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/28/idUS252113+28-Mar-2012+BW20120328
- ↑ Dragons: Riders of Berk
- ↑ Dragon: Defenders of Berk
- ↑ Dragons: Race to the Edge
- ↑ http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Dragons-Riders-Berk-Comic-Con-2012-Live-Blog-44536.html